My Thoughts on Raising the Standards of Boxing and Boxers
By Monica Lunot-Kuker
The fight was dull. Everyone didn’t expect that this overrated, over-promoted, over-priced “Fight of the Century” was like a big joke. While Manny Pacquiao showed his aggressiveness, the opponent ran like a lame duck and hugged him frequently.
New York — As usual, the Philippines had zero rate crime yesterday according to the news I read this morning as the so-called “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao happened at midnight, New York time. I was at home and saw my cousin posting on FB his funny picture in Singapore waiting for the game to start while in front of their wide flat TV. His wide eyes and sheepish grin showed his excitement and I got jealous.
I decided to call my cousin and bugged him through Skype to fix his video on the screen, so I can clearly watch it as well. It was on the second round that I noticed how Mayweather used consistently a smart defensive technique by running, pulling away and hugging Manny. I am not an expert in boxing, but I know these strategies were used by many boxers as a precautionary measure, and when they are drained of power from the opponent’s aggression.
The fight was dull. Everyone didn’t expect that this overrated, over-promoted, over-prized “Fight of the Century” was like a big joke. While Manny Pacquiao showed his aggressiveness, the opponent ran like a lame duck and hugged him frequently. Mayweather made himself an expert in defense in a treacherous manner. And the analysts called him an expert strategist as if it was an honor to hug and run away from the opponent.
He bagged $180 million without so much effort. To those who paid this on pay per view is like throwing $100.00 out from their pocket. Some say better off to watch Dancing with the Stars, than watching the two highest paid clowns on the ring.
The boxing credibility is dying. Or is it now dead? The boxers got richer and the people lost money from this biggest scheme of the century. Not to mention the impotence of boxing management to do background check on boxers, especially if they have criminal records.
The internet was flooded with news on the domestic violence cases of Floyd Mayweather days before the fight. But being a misogynist with seven assault cases on women, including his wife, were not enough to stop him from living on a gold mine of the sports.
Sports should have strict rules regarding ethical standards, not only against drugs but also against violent behaviors outside the ring.
Manny Pacquiao is no saint at all, despite his being a religious man. He is known as a womanizer, homophobic, and against women’s reproductive health. But I guess, ignorance is different from being a natural evil of hurting women and children. You can’t be a genuine thug and make millions out of boxing. If this is worth calling as sport.
I am speaking not because I am a Filipino and Pacquiao was defeated. But I think the standards of sportsmanship should ameliorate, and not go backwards. With all this new technology and social media hype, it is impossible to fool society and make us believe that the farcical scheme doesn’t exist in this non-sensical event.
Let’s not forget that it is the best intention of 1 percent to gain more profits out of the mainstream pockets. And probably, we can demand for a more decent, well-fought fight in front of millions of people.
Manny Pacquiao lost the fight with dignity. Everyone can tell that he fought a good fight without an angst. Unless you are biased.